Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:38 am

Richard S. wrote:
SMITTY wrote: which I would think is more dangerous than the 1 in 1 BILLION chance something falls on the prongs.

THE BILLIONTH ONE!!!! :shock:
Must not have been a GFCI ;)
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:13 am

If you are sharpening a pencil it gets ground down, but if you are making hamburger it gets ground up. ;)
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Yanche On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:27 am

Richard S. wrote:
Freddy wrote:
Richard S. wrote: grounds on top because it's code.


I"m a show me type of guy.....so show me! I'll bet fifty cents it's not in writing.


Fred this is what two electricians said, the one at our house and another down my brothers. Perhaps it's just a recommendation to prevent things like a tape ruler going behind it and shorting out the whole thing. The one electrician told me it was because of the metal plates which really doesn't make sense because you would have to have the power on, have something plugged in and be taking the plate off at the same time. In any event I don't the idea primarily because so many plugs are designed to be with the ground down, all that stress can't be good.

It's Article 405.4 "Receptacle Mounting", subsection D "Position of Receptacle Faces" that applies. National Electrical Code (NEC) 405.4 D DOES NOT specify blades up or blades down. It's your choice and either will meet code. Same is true for boxes mounted horizontally, left or right, it's your choice.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:59 am

Rob R. wrote:I always face them down. Here is one I haven't gotten to yet that is bugging me...good thing I rarely use it.

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I insatlled my washer/dryer outlet like that because it was late and I wanted to get it done. It's been bugging me and I've been meaning to fox it but haven't yet.

I've been known to install outlets in both directions. Just depends on my mood, what it's for and where it is.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:00 pm

They ought to start making them with both grounds facing out so both sides of the discussion could say they were right.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:14 pm

samhill wrote:They ought to start making them with both grounds facing out so both sides of the discussion could say they were right.



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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:21 pm

A ferris outlet...
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: europachris On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:23 pm

CapeCoaler wrote:A ferris outlet...


Reminds me of an old girlfriend I had...everyone gets their turn.... :whistle:
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Lightning On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:34 pm

That one on the top right is lookin at me funny :help2:
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: rberq On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:02 pm

samhill wrote:They ought to start making them with both grounds facing out so both sides of the discussion could say they were right.

No sooner do you invent something than you find someone else already invented it. :(
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:42 pm

Story of my life, day late & dollar short.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:36 pm

That would make me nuts, I'd have to line up all 4 receptacles so they were exactly the same.
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:50 am

You & me both WC. Kinda like sexual preference, you either are or you ain't. I think there needs to be more concrete Govt. control on this receptical issue. :clap: toothy
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:17 am

freetown fred wrote:I think there needs to be more concrete Govt. control on this receptical issue. :clap: toothy

Appoint a receptacle Czar! :D
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Re: Electric receptacles: Ground up or ground down?

PostBy: franco b On: Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:20 pm

If God had wanted the ground up he would have put it there. Besides with the ground down the electricity flows downhill.
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